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Global ETF and ETP assets reached record USD5.32tn at the end of February 2019

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ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of USD44.31 billion in February, bringing year-to-date net inflows to USD61.66 billion. Assets invested in the Global ETF/ETP industry finished the month up 3.15 per cent, from USD5.16 trillion at the end of January, to reach a record USD5.32 trillion, according to ETFGI’s February 2019 Global ETF and ETP industry landscape insights report, an annual paid-for research subscription service.

“Throughout February markets pushed higher, resulting in the best start to the year since 1996, with major US indices comfortably erasing any hangover felt from the Q4 ’18 market rout,” says Deborah Fuhr, managing partrner and founder of ETFGI. “US-China trade talks appeared to have made good progress while Brexit stalled even with the 29th march deadline looming. Central banks in the developed economies have maintained an accommodative stance to ease growth slowdown fears, with the US Federal Reserve reiterating their new ‘patient’ policy stance. The S&P 500 was up 3.21 per cent by the end of February bringing year-to-date returns to 11.48 per cent, similarly the S&P Europe 350 was up 3.45 per cent for the month, with year-to-date returns of 9.89 per cent. The Topix 150 finished February up 0.33 per cent, with year-to-date returns of 7.62 per cent. Emerging and frontier markets saw more modest gains, finishing February up 0.74 per cent and 2.62 per cent, bringing year-to-date returns to 8.56 per cent and 7.35 per cent, respectively.”
 
At the end of February 2019, the Global ETF/ETP industry had 7,696 ETFs/ETPs, from 411 providers listed on 72 exchanges in 58 countries. Following net inflows of USD44.31 billion and market moves during the month, assets invested in the Global ETF/ETP industry increased by 3.15 per cent from USD5.16 trillion at the end of January, to USD5.32 trillion.
 
Equity ETFs/ETPs listed Globally attracted net inflows of USD28.62 billion in February, bringing net inflows for 2019 to USD19.79 billion, substantially less than the USD90.95 billion million in net inflows equity products had attracted by the end of February 2018. Fixed income ETFs/ETPs listed Globally attracted net inflows of USD14.71 billion in February, bringing net inflows for 2019 to USD38.38 billion, greater than the USD13.72 billion in net inflows fixed income products had attracted by the end of February 2018.
 
Substantial inflows can be attributed to the top 20 ETF’s by net new assets, which collectively gathered USD27.20 billion in February, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY US) gathered USD3.09 billion alone.

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